EU nearly on track for 2030: The European Union is currently nearly on track to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. However, it still needs much work, the European Environment Agency said in a report published on Thursday.
“Significant increase in efforts (is) needed over the next decade” to reach the 2030 goals, the Copenhagen-based agency said.
It noted that the EU nearly on track for 2030 track to deliver a 30 per cent reduction and that the bloc cut its emissions by two per cent between 2017 and 2018.
The report comes as Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the bloc’s executive body, the European Commission, is about to take office on December 1. She has made a climate-neutral Europe her top priority.
Von der Leyen has pledged to make Europe the “world’s first climate-neutral continent” and said she wants even more ambitious 2030 goals, raising the targets from 40 to 55 per cent below 1990 levels.
The environmental agency said that 10 out of 28 member states were on track to meet their short-term 2020 goals, and only three – Portugal, Sweden and Greece – were on the road for the longer-term 2030 goals.
It noted that much more done on energy efficiency in buildings homes, transport sector. The latter is the only sector where emissions are currently increasing in the EU.
The EU has struggled with internal divisions on how ambitious the bloc should – and can – be in taking a leadership role in cutting greenhouse gas emission. At a recent summit of EU national leaders, climate change relegated to a 12-minute agenda item during the two-day meeting.